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  1. Andyrt200

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Good call, I did & was happy to find I totally forgot the first thing I did when we got the 530 about 5 years ago was to pull the cover back & paint it. It was only Smooth Right & wax but it did a good job I’m doing all the jacking points now again with better stuff now but luckily there are no holes! On a totally different note, I made up new copper brake pipes for the rear but thought I’d get a proper BMW for the front right. I figured as it’s only short a pipe so a pre bent proper one should go in ok & it would match all the others where it went into the ABS unit. So I was a bit miffed to find I got a straight pipe that was a completely different colour to the others!
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    Air Suspension - Arnott vs Aerosus

    Oh, the plastic clip in the brass fitting? I fitted new accumulators (from BMW) the clips come with them. Again the proper parts fit on ok. It can be a little tricky to get that fitting pushed down far enough for those clips to engage, I had to take the bolt out of the bottom & wedge the new bag up so it was square on the first fitting, they were fine after that. If you are using the old accumulators check inside the brass fitting, my old air bags had rusted on the end & made a mess of the brass in the fitting. I still had loads of problems with the other side going down over time after. After lots of swapping of parts & putting air compressor fittings in I’m fairly sure its the valve block, I have a new one to try when the rest of the car is back together. It’s annoying as that was the good side that had no problems before I decided both air bags & accumulators should really be replaced!
  3. Andyrt200

    Air Suspension - Arnott vs Aerosus

    Do you mean the metal clips on the top that hold the studs in? I haven’t had Arnott bags but I just re-used the original clips when I fitted the two new Aerosus bags for our Sport, if you’re worried just get some new clips from BMW first. They fit very well.
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    The same thought crossed my mind! But I guess its for safety, when the old one burst it was a heck of a bang! Judging from the amount of rusty water sprayed all over the under side they rust from the inside out as much out side in. You are meant to drain the tank on your compressor regularly, there is no way for the water to get out of the accumulators. I think there is supposed to be a dryer in the pump but mine didn’t work! On closer inspection all the subframe mounts had rust creeping under the stone chip paint, the worst was the inside of the front mount behind the fuel filler neck, the harded bit to get at! Still it’s only surface rust & its all cleaned up & painted now If anyone is making their own brake pipes: Use the tool on the left, they are available on eBay just by searching for brake pipe flaring tool. The one on the right was rubbish! A rhetorically question as I don’t actually need to get the upright off but how do you get the handbrake cable out?! It seems the rubber bellows type seal on the end is jamming it in the hole & stopping it pulling through. I bought a tool so got the ball joint out ok, spot the difference! I think even my mum would be able to feel the difference in replacing those!
  5. The black lower part of the MSport bumper with the cutout for the factory tow bar & the removable centre bit. Part numbers: 51122494800 51122695499 I ideally want both, but maybe interested in one of them.
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    I’m loving the BMW build quality, on this car at least, I wasn’t so impressed with the F13 we had for a bit! The full arch liners in the rear wheel arches a lovely to take out & find it all fresh behind. I have a WRX Scooby wagon of exactly the age (2002) but I haven’t used it yet, my jack went though the rusty steel subframe the first time I tried jacking it up. When it was up there were big holes in the rear wheel arches & other places, it’s done far less miles than the E39 too! This is the worst of the rust under the E39, just one of the sub frame mounts, I had waxed it last time I was under but will paint it properly this time. Not really related but this is where the new accumulators have been living for the last year or so, they almost fit, but needed that bit of wood to keep the panel above from hitting them. I can get them in the correct place easily now though. Thanks for all the links, I’ll check them out, I did put braded hoses on our other cars... https://www.cjautos.eu/mobile/Product.aspx?ProductCode=CL01 The E39 is a bit heavy for it really so it needs to go more to one end, even then it was hard work getting it up, it was too hard for my drill so I had to do it by hand. The link bars needed new holes to get the lift platforms under the E39 chassis rails but it does get it nice & high up. The main point that annoyed me was that you still need axle stands under the car before properly working on it (I didn’t bother when just power washing from a distance outside). But I did used to find it was a pain finding some where to put a normal jack that would leave the proper jacking points clear for axle stands, so it’s good for that at least...
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    I wanted a nice clean under side to work on The snow foam was rubbish, but the power washer removed most of the muck. Dan was quite right: Front drop link gone, should take care of knocking from front. Most of the rear has had it All was new stuff is on order for that lot. I’m just making up some new copper brake pipes at the mo, I was pleased to find BMW kindly put some connections under the drivers feet (hidden behind that cover panel that is hanging down) That saves me the bother of having to flare the steel pipe! It seems silly to put in new hard brake lines & leave the old rubber hose to the calipers. I put the part number from ETK in eBay but again got a massive number of different makes, any suggestions for a good one for them? There was no Lemforder or Meyle. The sub frame bushes look shot too so I found some one selling lemforder I ones they didn’t get round to fitting before writing off their 540, I just need to find a tool to fit them now...
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    Thanks that link, I used some of their bushes to fix a friends Fiesta rear beam for them, they were certainly a good fit, they have been happy with them for the year they have been on.
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    I’d seen those too, I was wondering what the difference was with that HD (heavy duty) kit over a normal one, I’m assuming in the rubbers. There seem to be quite a few Meyle kits for the front, but non for the rear!
  10. Andyrt200

    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    Sorry my email decided the notifications were junk. Funny you mention the cooling system, the pump went not long ago! It seems fine with the new one though, I was a little worried... Yes I’ve had poly bushes on other cars & wouldn’t want them on a daily driver. The some I had used mild steel inserts which rusted in no time, that wore the poly away & I had knocking joints very quickly! ARB bushes sound good though, thanks! I will very likely end up changing most if all while its in bits as you said.
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    Thanks, yes the rubbers on the upper arms look totally gone so, they will be getting replaced for sure. Good point checking the rest though, I guess there isn’t much point replacing bits that aren’t broken, even less points in replacing them with inferior parts!
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    Suspension overhaul / eBay kits

    We have been nursing our 530i Touring MSport about for quite a long time, just for occasional use. The rear feels horrible, very twichy, it’s done just over 180k now so a full refresh of most things at the rear seems like a good idea. I will do the brake pipes at the same time I have waxed them a few times but my better half wants to start using the E39 a lot more again, it a much nicer car than any of the modern company cars she has been forced use over the last few years! I had to replace the air bags & accumulators recently, the new accumulators are under the smaller bit of floor in the boot at the moment but they stop that bit from sitting down flush so I hope with the suspension in bits I will be able to squeeze the accumulators back in where they should be. Even with all new kit the suspension still saggs when left but lots of checking points to a leaky valve body. I was thinking of doing the sub frame bushes at the same time, but would anyone recommend just doing all the arms / ball joints first to see how it feels? I see there is a wide range of kits on eBay with all the arms / ball joints for the rear, some say OE quality but non say who the actual manufacturer is. Should I keep well away from them? I don’t want to go putting on substandard parts that are going to fail again all too soon. The front feels ok, but there is a light knocking noise over bumps so I will investigate that while under the car. We just took it out for one last long drive before starting the work & were reminded there is also a wining noise at 60mph+ that seems to be coming from the left rear so I’m guessing a wheel bearing (hopefully not the diff!).
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    Won't start & remote key issues

    I couldn't find anything showing the start signal on my live data. So just again cleared the fault codes under EWS on my C110 code scaner, they were: B01 key no. 1, incorrect password 42 key no. 5, incorrect random code the same ones that had been appearing before (I think I got second key number wrong from memory) I tried searching those codes but didn't really find anything to help, just lots of conformation that the starting issues can't be related to the remote opening ones. As it was clear I wasn't going to be able to fix both issues at once we stopped bothering with trying to remotely open the car. Oddly it had been absolutely fine ever since, starting first time every time with either key. Of course I've probably jinxed it now! So any suggestions for causes of those fault codes (causing the non starting issues) would be appreciated. I seem to remember reading somewhere that replacing the reciver aerial / little wire ring thing was a good place to starting. But I'm not a big fan of just putting new bits on just incase they are faulty...
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    Won't start & remote key issues

    Bugger! I was hoping I could just replace something & be running again. I hopefully the live data will show if the ignition switch is sending a start signal. My friend said he just cleaned the contacts on his & it was fine after. Some more investigations needed then...
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    Won't start & remote key issues

    Ah yes that works, thanks Looks a bit little bit different but I'm sure I can work it out.
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